What is the course about?
Data analysis is particularly useful in all public, private and non profit organisations where key data and conclusions can give managers an enhanced competitive advantage to set and achieve tactical and operational strategic goals.
This course will teach you how to turn large data sets into meaningful conclusions and recommendations.
What will we cover?
The course will be split into a mix of revising some intermediate/advanced excel skills that data analysts would need to demonstrate, before applying these to different data sets. There will be a mixture between learning and then directly applying these skills with a range of exercises.
The last part of the final session will be a chance to bring in your own problem or a chance to work through a scenario and data commentary and presentation to add meaning and insight. Skills directly relevant to many different jobs.
1. Sort and filter data
2. Conditional formatting
3. Charts/ text boxes
4. Pivot tables
5. Common pitfalls
6. “Telling the Story”- how to then give people tailored information to make accurate conclusions.
7. How to present information for managers and meetings- and to sense check information for perspective and clarity.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Take a random set of data, process the information using excel, and find some key points to create conclusions, recommendations and next steps relevant for a range of stakeholders.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
A basic knowledge of excel (at least intermediate user). The course will be split into a mix of revising some intermediate/advanced excel skills that you would need to demonstrate, before applying these to different data sets and inferring conclusions and next steps.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching, exercises, applying the skills taught.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Notepad and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Excel: advanced/ Excel Expert/ Introduction to VBA/ Excel: financial modelling for further data analysis.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details